The High Desert Amateur Radio Club (HIDARG) is now scheduling more classes that prepare individuals to take the exams required for a ham radio license.
HIDARG is holding a public meeting for those interested in obtaining a ham radio license. HIDARG instructors and prospective students will discuss scheduling and duration of class sessions.
The meeting will be held on April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, in Conference Room B.
People interested in attending the meeting should RSVP on the HIDARG website: www.hidarg.org.
There has been a recent surge of public interest in disaster preparedness. This is due, in part, to the threat of a Cascadia Subduction event that could result in a complete communications failure throughout the northwestern states. Such an event could cause the failure of landline telephones, cell phone systems and 9-1-1 centers.
Public safety officials have come to realize that such an incident will impact Central Oregon as well as the coastal area.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management has worked with ham radio operators to construct several backup radio stations that will allow governmental agencies and hospitals to maintain vital emergency communications.
The interest in Amateur Radio has spread to the public. HIDARG has been receiving numerous requests to increase the number of classes they conduct.
Amateur Radio licenses are now much easier to obtain than in the past. There is no longer a Morse code requirement. The necessary study time for the entry level license can be mastered in several classroom sessions, or in a single day of intense instruction from a qualified instructor.